Letchworth fly–tipper prosecuted after waste dumped in Ashwell
PUBLISHED: 16:24 16 March 2020 | UPDATED: 16:24 16 March 2020
A man from Letchworth has been prosecuted for fly–tipping offences and forced to pay almost £1,000 in fees.
Stuart Pearson, of Maddles in Letchworth Garden City, was hired to refit a Hitchin shop in September last year – leading the shop owner to ask him to remove and dispose of six refrigerators, part of a shop counter and price labels from the site.
Pearson paid a man £70 to remove the waste, but did not check if he held a waste carrier’s licence from the environment agency. The man subsequently fly-tipped the waste items in Partridge Hill, Ashwell.
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Following an interview with the council, Pearson pleaded guilty to failing to legally and appropriately dispose of waste at Stevenage Magistrate’s Court on March 6. He was fined £300, ordered to pay costs of £658.62 and pay a victim surcharge of £30.
CLlr Judi Billing, NHDC’s executive member for community engagement, said: “This case highlights the importance of checking that a waste carrier has a licence to dispose of waste before you hand it over to them.
“If they are unlicensed and fly-tip the waste, you will be held legally responsible.
“We work closely with the Hertfordshire Fly-Tipping Group to highlight this important message as much as possible, so people like Mr Pearson do not end up in a situation like this in the future.”
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